Curriculum

The curriculum at Amblecote Primary School aims to provide rich and relevant experiences which inspire pupils to learn, grow and flourish.

We intertwine the teaching of both knowledge and skills, alongside developing essential learning behaviours and embedding the skills that our children will need for future learning.  Central to this is also the constant reinforcement of our School Values.

Our curriculum not only meets national requirements but is developed by us, to meet the needs of our pupils, our school and our local community. Gaining proficiency as a reader is key to accessing all other subject areas and therefore is our main priority as a school for all children, beginning in the Early Years and remaining a key focus throughout a child’s journey through to Year 6.

Our curriculum is personalised around our children’s needs, reflecting their individual requirements, whilst still promoting high aspirations for all.

Curriculum plans are continuously under review.  Subject leaders and class teachers ensure that these plans are fit for purpose and that they provide sequential and progressive learning opportunities, where pupils know more and can do more than before.

 

 

PSHE-RSE Scheme of Work September 2020

Reception Curriculum

Key Stage 1 Overview Rolling Programme 1

Key Stage 1 Overview Rolling Programme 2

Year 3 and 4 Rolling Programme 1

Year 3 and 4 Rolling Programme 2

Year 5 and 6 Rolling programme 1

Year 5 and 6 Rolling Programme 2

 

Maths At Amblecote

Teachers are guided by the White Rose Maths Primary Scheme of Learning. The reasons for using this scheme and the White Rose resources are outlined below. We also supplement our Maths lessons with a variety of resources  that teachers find from a wide range of sources. Therefore, we don’t rely entirely on exclusively one scheme or resource. For example, using video demonstrations, lessons, ideas and resources from the internet or other published sources that support children’s learning.

 

The Amblecote Primary School Calculation Policy is also a vital tool in teacher’s planning. It has been developed to ensure that children learn calculation concepts through the solid foundations of concrete and pictorial approaches, before abstract methods are introduced. A whole school approach ensures there is consistency in practice.

Amblecote Maths Written Calculation Policy Part 1 (Addition & Subtraction)

Amblecote Maths Calculation Policy Part 2 (Multiplication & Division)

 

The reasons we chose the White Rose Maths Primary Scheme of Learning can be summarised by the following points:

  • It provides a powerful CPA approach (concrete, pictorial then abstract) including in its use of models and images, which helps secure pupils understanding of mathematics and to make connections between different representations.
  • There is a great emphasis on mathematical language, questioning, explaining, reasoning and problem solving.  This allows pupils to discuss the mathematics they are doing, support each other to take ideas further, and develop a broad and secure understanding.
  • It provides a connected, progressive curriculum, aiding the development of carefully sequenced lessons.
  • It develops the skills of teachers, without interfering with professional judgement by being over prescriptive.
  • The curriculum is designed to use skills that have already been learnt in different contexts (sometimes called ‘interleaving’) whenever possible. This helps pupils to remember and to make connections between different parts of the curriculum.
  • It combines the best of both ‘mastery’ and ‘spiral’ approaches in the curriculum. It follows many of the mastery principles – spending longer on topics to help gain deeper understanding, making connections, keeping the class working together on the same topic and a fundamental belief that, through effort, all pupils are capable of understanding, doing and improving at mathematics. But also recognising that just spending a good chunk of time on a topic doesn’t mean that all pupils will ‘master’ it the first time they see it, and that they need to see it again and again in different contexts and in different years to help them truly develop their understanding on their journey to mastery, so we’ve built in the revisiting and reinforcing features of spiral curricula too.
  • It is a curriculum that is ambitious and that works for all, with everybody studying the same topic and being provided with support and challenge as needed. Many of the teaching strategies we advocate for all pupils are particularly useful for pupils with SEND. See more on how the schemes supports pupils with SEND below:
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Progression

Maths Yearly Overview

By linking on the links below, you will be able to see an overview of the topics covered with Maths lessons throughout the year.

 

There are also Maths challenges for children in Key Stage 1 to help develop their fluency and number recall.  Please click here to view them.

Reading At Amblecote

At Amblecote, reading is our number one focus in school, for all of our children.

In the Autumn term 2021, we introduced the Little Wandle letters and Sounds Revised Programme – please see more details further below in the Phonics section.

We use several reading schemes across school such as Big Cat Collins, Oxford Reading Tree, and Project X and we select books that are carefully matched to the sounds that the children are learning.

In January 2021, we introduced Accelerated Reader in Years 3-6.  This programme enables pupils to select books at their own independent reading level and read them at their own pace. Engaging quizzes are used once each book that has been read, monitors the children’s understanding.

Further information regarding reading guidance, the use of reading records and Accelerated Reader can be found by clicking on the links below:

Reading At Home Guidance 1

Reading Record Guidance 2021-22

Accelerated Reader Letter for Parents

Parents-guide-to-accelerated-reader

Parents-Guide-to-Renaissance

 

What questions should I ask when listening to my child read?

At Amblecote Primary we aim to develop a child’s ability to decode the print on a page alongside their ability to understand and analyse texts.

Knowing what questions to ask your children whilst you are listening to them read can sometimes be quite tricky. There are support pages for parents in the front and back cover of many of the books your child will bring home.      In addition these question banks could be used at home:

Phonics At Amblecote

At Amblecote we follow Little Wandle Phonics

Little Wandle Programme Progression document – click here

Link to the Little Wandle Parents’ page with a host of supportive videos and documents – click here

 

Subject Skills Progression

Art

Computing

D&T

French

Geography

History

Music

PE

PSHE-RSE

RE

Reading

Science

Spelling Appendix 1

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Appendix 2

Writing & SPaG

 

Knowledge Organisers

KS1 – September 2021

Knowledge Organiser Dance Growing

KS1 Knowledge Organiser Ball Skills Feet

Key Stage One Knowledge Organisers PSHE (1)

Key Stage One Knowledge Organisers PSHE

KS1 Spring Term Creating pictures KO

KS1 Spring Term Art Portraits Knowledge Organiser

KS1 Spring Term Animals Including Humans

DT Preparing Fruit and Vegetables

KS1 Autumn Term 1 Effective searching 2021 (1)

KS1 Autumn Term 1 Online safety and Purple Mash 2021

KS1 Materials Knowledge Organiser (1)

KS1 Nature Art Knowledge Organiser (1)

Year 1 PE Gymnastics Knowledge Organisers

Year 1 PE Attack and defend Knowledge Organisers

Year 2 PE Attack and defend Knowledge Organisers

Year 1 and Year 2 Friendship

Year 1 and 2 Caring for Others Knowledge Organiser

 

Key Stage 2

Year 3/4

Year 3 and 4 Spring 2 Paris Landmarks and Numbers

Science Habitats Knowledge Organiser

RE Islam Knowledge Organiser

PSHE Knowledge Organisers

Geography

DT – Electrical Systems

Art Knowledge Organiser

Coding Knowledge Organiser

Sound Knowledge Organiser

Good Friday Knowledge Organiser

Electricity Knowledge Organiser

Dance Knowledge Organiser

Dance – Wild animals Knowledge Organiser

Basketball Knowledge Organiser

Hinduism Knowledge Organiser

Year 3 Tag Rugby Knowledge Organiser

Year 4 Tag Rugby Knowledge Organiser

William Morris Knowledge Organiser

Writing for different audiences Knowledge Organiser

Animation Knowledge Organiser

Effective search Knowledge Organiser

DT Shell structures using CAD Knowledge Organiser

Victorians Knowledge Organiser

 

Year 5 /6

Year 5 and 6 Spring 2 Where I Live

Year 5 and Year 6 Forgiveness

Year 5 and Year 6 Cityscapes perspective knowledge organiser 1

Year 5 and Year 6 Coding

Year 5 and Year 6 Cooking and nutrition (DT)

Year 5 and Year 6 Forgiveness RE (1)

PHSE Year 5-6

Year 5 and Year 6 Science. Properties of Materials

Year 5 and Year 6 World War 2

Year 5 Football

Year 5 Gymnastic (1)

Year 6 Football

Year 6 Gymnastics

Year 5 and 6 Creation Stories Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Art Plants and Flowers Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Extreme Earth Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Science Living things and their habitats Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Science Forces Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Pulleys or Gears (DT) Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Computing Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Computing. 6.7 Quizzing Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Ancient greek knowledge organiser

Years 5 and 6 Computing. 5.6 3D Modelling Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Badminton Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Athletics Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Art greece organiser complete Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 Science Light Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 RE Peace Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 PSHE Knowledge Organiser

Years 5 and 6 DT pulleys and gears Knowledge Organiser

Curriculum Parent Overview

 

Key Stage 1

Parents overview Traditional Tales Spring 2022 (1)

KS1 Science Spring Term 2 Animals Including Humans 2

KS1 Spring 2 History Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus

KS1 Spring Term 2 Art Starry Night

Spring 2 Balls Skills Hands 2

Spring 2 Dance The Zoo

KS1 Parent Overview Spring 2 Space

KS1 Computing Spring Term 2 Spreadsheets KO

 

Key Stage 2

Year 3 and 4

Spring 2022 Parent Overview

Autumn Parent Overview Year 3 and Year 4

Year 5 and 6

Summer Parent Overview – Greece is the word

Spring Parent Overview – Extreme Earth 2022

Autumn Parent Overview – Britain at War